Within the walls of a disused warehouse and covered market in its harbor area, an inspiring Centre of expertise and resources has been set up, with a focus on sustainable cities. Based on an ambitious «sustainable city» Learning Centre project, the Halle aux Sucres is accommodating a fertile ecosystem including a planning agency (AGUR), regional Archives, the Institut national spécialisé d’études territoriales (INSET), and much more.
Built according to the principles of usability and transversality, the Halle aux Sucres is a place favorable to territories co-construction and co-management emerging as a new urban governance.
Designed as a cultural and scientific equipment opened to the public since 2016, the Halle aux sucres is also a place of life, production and diffusion of knowledge encouraging a mix of uses and crossed points of views, using digital technologies and networks. A forum, an auditorium and a resource center as well as workrooms, exhibition spaces and other reading rooms are accessible to the public, researchers and professionals.
A rich and demanding programing is inviting citizens, thinkers, activists, and visionary people to exchange on the energetic and society transition challenges, around exhibitions, debates, cultural and scientific events as well as a large range of pedagogic activities.
Designed and built according to HQE (High Environmental Quality) standards, the Halle aux Sucres rehabilitation by the architect Pierre-Louis Faloci, is intended to be a true example of a building designed in accordance with the precepts of sustainable cities.
It is giving priority to a maximum of natural daylight into the interior space, reducing lighting needs. Two seawater heat pumps fulfil all heating and cooling requirements, mainly through the floors and ceilings. The construction of four floors in a building that had just three, helped create compact spaces, providing greater energy efficiency. The design also took into account the wind impacts, hygrometric comfort, sound insulation and air quality.